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Ohio: Gas-drilling injection well led to quakes

Ohio energy regulators say injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth almost certainly a series of small earthquakes as they announced a series of tough new regulations for drillers.

Among the regulations to be imposed: Well operators must submit more comprehensive geological data when requesting a drill site. Also, the chemical makeup of all drilling wastewater must be tracked electronically.

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  • Mr.Lincoln

    Environmentalist Private Property Rights War

    • Hold Our Politicians Accountable

      All of our politicians need to be held accountable including candidates. We can start by holding Congress responsible for not standing up for american citizens that they are suppose to serve.
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      • Hold Our Politicians Accountable

        We the People Demand a Full Scale Investigation into the Eligibility Requirements of President Obama to be President and to run again for a second term.

        • d rash

          How many times are you going to put this same crap out there? I’ve read your spiel about 200 times already! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! And, I’m one of the people who support your cause, And I’m tire of reading it! So, just STFU!

          • AliveStillKickin

            Must be a Paulbot…..Their mission is to piss people off and they’re experts at it.

  • Mr. Truth

    Of course the Ohio regulators have hard evidence that injecting waste water into wells causes earthquakes. More BS from Obamites and of course making domestic drilling more difficult when we badly need the oil. Nice move Ohio Regulators.

  • cjm

    It’s a rather poorly written synopsis of an article that doesn’t speak the truth. Yes, there is some evidence that by injecting wells holding natural resources can cause earthquakes; however, it is the wells situated over earth fractures that have provided such evidence (gee, this was something taught in upper classes of high schools a few years ago—but not today). Wells that were injected where there are no fractures caused nothing. EPA and all of its unincorporated laws need to be dismantled; they are intruding on the American enterprise and the well being of the citizenry. This is something our new Republican President should look into as soon as he takes office.

    • Devasahayam

      Thank you–that would explain why there haven’t been any earthquakes in Turner Valley (injection of brine to drive oil/gas out of reservoirs is more than 100 years in use).

      • IGoaAComment

        It would seem that the ‘fracking’ is causing, if anything, smaller earthquakes that cause less, if any, destruction. The longer ‘pressure’ is allowed to ‘build up’ in these areas of gradual slippage, the worse the earthquake will be when a major event occurs. I’d rather have many smaller earthquakes rather than a large, very destruction earthquake occur.

  • Robalou01

    The government response to an overblown crisis….More paperwork!!!

  • Dingbat36

    This whole article is poorly researched “BULL SPIT” manufactured by enviro-nuts and their gubmint toadies. Too few people are interested in doing ANY reading for themselves……………..most prefer to soak up the “slop” provided for them and spew it back at whomever disagrees!

    • Devasahayam

      Exactly like their myth that “fracking” (a term for brine-injection) causes contamination of drinking water supplies.

      Reality: drinking water supplies are maybe 300′ below surface (if you have to drill more than 1000′, it’s considered uneconomical), where gas deposits are very rarely anywhere near that close (conventional oil/gas wells are rarely less than 3,000′ belowground, more usually 10,000-40,000) to the surface–and the water usually has to be injected in the brine layer below (usually at least another 1,000′ down).

      Anyone who has been raised close to oil and gas (I was raised in Alberta, a major supplier of these) would know this.

  • Mr.Lincoln

    It’s the tale of Chicken Little, only with Foxy Loxy being a cunning villain who uses a number of psychological tactics to drive a farm-ful of animals into a cave to be eaten. Slightly disturbing and quite political at the same time!

  • Dntmkmecmoverther

    Are we really to believe that ‘Ohio energy regulators’ translates to ‘real people’ with a real desire to be rid of foreign oil supplies? Or are the ‘Ohio energy regulators’ actually Washington DC EPA robots? And what happened to private property rights here? Earthquakes my arse.

  • northbrook

    Little evidence of a direct cause and a big blow out. Another reason for government interference with the energy industry.

  • One2Stupid

    For a moment let’s say “fracking” did contribute to these small quakes. (Which I doubt) It may be a good thing. The earth’s surface is constantly moving, building up pressure. At some point the pressure is relieved by a sudden shift (earth quake). A major shift is an 8+ point earth quake. Major damage and deaths. By “bleeding” off this pressure with minor quakes, it reduces the liklyhood of the “big one”.

    • IGoaAComment

      Sounds exactly true to me.

      Maybe California’s San Andreas Fault line needs a little ‘fracking’ to relieve some pressure.

  • dblur

    This is horse hockey. Years and years of injecting salt water into disposal wells has not caused quakes most oil and gad producing regions. Did it occur to any of the parties crying wolf that earthquakes, like hurricanes, tornadoes, etc, are natural phenomenon that occur at nature’s whim? More EPA control over an industry beset by it. Then, whining about the price, when all this extra regulation drives it up! Enough, already.

  • June9245

    Nothing new, our Liberals or Socialist must kill our economy any way possible, in order to build the support for a new World Order. This is just a new way to scare the folks who wonder off the Liberal Plantation.

  • T-Texas

    I live in an area of Texas where fracking has been done for over 50 years and no earthquakes or leaking in the ground water.I think they need to go back over their data and reassess the results.

  • Navy Veteran

    These earthquakes could open up huge cracks in the great lakes and drain them completely. This would cause shipping companies to go bankrupt and 1.7 million workers would lose their jobs. Not to worry, though. Obama has created 9.6 million jobs in China. Readers of my response will say–this statement is nothing but BS. This is true, but so are the claims that fracturing causes earthquakes.

    • Pappadave

      If we ever got an earthquake massive enough to “drain the great lakes,” losing shipping jobs would be the very LEAST of our problems. It’s nonsense! Number one, there are no major fissures near the Great Lakes or the sheer weight of the water would have opened them centuries ago. Superior, for example, is one of the deepest fresh water lakes on the planet. It’s true that we’ve had a few very minor quakes in Oklahoma in recent years, but their respective epicenters are nowhere NEAR where most of the fracking has been done in this State.

  • Karl

    Now we have to control earthquakes as well as the effects of the suns heating of the earth? Another load of EPA excriment.

  • johnwayne337

    more left wing gov’t sponsored lies and distraction

    fracking has been going on for decades-obama wants to put American back into the 1800 century, so once again they tell more bull


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  • Old Faithful Geyser

    HORSE HOCKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This article must have been written by the New York Times or the Huffington Post. It has NO proof, what so ever, that this has cause any equake activity. Any high school student could tell you that.
    Any well that would be drilled deep enough to allow for “injection” to cause earth quakes, would be so deep as NOT to be feasible. It would be far too expensive for any propduction.

  • AliveStillKickin

    This is just yet ANOTHER Progressive way to wean us off fossil fuels by regulating the industry out of business….and to purchase “green energy” products which they have a vested interest in.

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  • http://YAHOO Bob

    What a big fat lie. OIL WELL ARE NOT DRILLED DOWN THAT DEEP. EARTH QUAKES happen 7 miles or more below the surface of earth. Just another lie to keep them from drilling for OIL in this country. They have killed solar power projects/Gave millions to defunct company’s. They wouldn’t build transit lines for wind power now they claim that the windmills are killing birds. OBAMA an COMPANY are doing everything they can to kill alternative energy to raise energy prices.

  • Bob McCormick

    Fracking causes minor earthquakes. How is this a bad thing? I am not a geologist but it seems to me that the fracking is not actually causing the quakes but rather releiving the pressure built up by movenent in the earths crust. Better to release the stress gradually in a controlled manner than to wait for a huge quake to occur naturally.
    May be this technique could be used in California to prevent “the big one”